Butcher’s Broom

Muisdoorn or muizedoor in dutch

Ruscus aculeatus

From: http://www.thorne.com/altmedrev/.fulltext/6/6/608.pdf

The primary active ingredients are the steroidal saponins ruscogenin and neoruscogenin, but other constituents have been isolated, including steroidal sapogenins and saponins, sterols, triterpenes, flavonoids, coumarins, sparteine, tyramine, and glycolic acid.1-5 Although both the above- and belowground parts of the plant contain ruscogenins, the concentration is higher in the root,6 the part traditionally used medicinally.

The best-researched indications for butcher’s broom are venous insufficiency, edema, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and hemorrhoids.

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